Isa Catepillán describes the creation of her extraordinary Cielito Lindo Wrap as “crocheting my own constellation,” and we can’t think of a better way to talk about the feeling of connection we get from making. Isa lives far from home, but hooking up her wrap was a salient reminder to her that she, residing through the pandemic in Australia, and her loved ones, home in Chile, all live under the same sky.

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Isa suggested the name Cielito Lindo, a hugely popular Mexican song, whose name means “sweet little heaven” and whose ay, ay, ay ay chorus is a kind of joyful lament for home… So apt and so beautiful!

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The Cielito Lindo Wrap does all of our favorite crochet things. It plays with negative and positive space; it conjures patterns in nature; and it awes us with its beauty. The main motif is a simple double and treble crochet mandala, joined by square motifs in the middle and half squares on the edges, and all finished with a lovely curtain of fringe.

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To keep her wrap light and delicate, Isa used our fingering weight Linen Quill, a mix of fine highland wool, alpaca, and linen. Its rustic hand and elegant drape make it the perfect choice for creating your own constellation!

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Designed for Purl Soho by Isa Catepillán.

Materials

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  • 5 skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. Each skein is approximately 439 yards/100 grams; approximately 2180 yards required. We used the color Pale Oats.
  • A size C (3 mm) crochet hook

Gauge

Each Mandala Motif measures approximately 5½ inches in diameter.

Each Square Motif is approximately 2¼ inches square.

Size

Finished Dimensions: 30 inches wide x 72 inches long, excluding fringe

Notes

Construction

You will make this wrap with three different motifs: Mandalas, Squares, and Half Squares. You will work each motif in the round from the center out. You will work all Mandalas first, joining them as you go, until you’ve made 12 rows of 5 Mandalas each. Then you will work the Squares and Half Squares between the Mandalas. Finally, you will add fringe to each end of the wrap.

Construction Schematic

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Crochet Basics

For help with crochet basics, including chains, slip stitches, single, double, half double, and treble crochets, please visit www.purlsoho.com/create/crochet-basics/

Pattern

First Mandala

Make the first Mandala by following the charted or written instructions, below.

Mandala Chart

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Mandala Written Instructions

Chain (ch) 6, slip stitch (sl st) into first ch to form ring.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as treble crochet [tr]), tr 23 into ring, sl st in top of beginning ch-4 to join. [24 trs]

Round 2: Ch 7 (first ch-3 counts as double crochet [dc]), skip (sk) first tr, *dc in next tr, ch 4, sk 1 tr, repeat from * to end of round, sl st in third ch of beginning ch-7 to join. [12 dcs, 12 ch-4 spaces]

Round 3: Ch 9 (first ch-4 counts as tr), tr 5 in ch-4 space (sp), *ch 5, tr 5 in next ch-4 sp, repeat from * to last ch-4 sp, ch 5, tr 4 in last ch-4 sp, sl st in fourth ch of beginning ch-9 to join. [60 trs, 12 ch-5 sps]

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 3 in ch-5 sp, ch 3, dc 4 in same ch-5 sp, *[dc 4, ch 3, dc 4] in next ch-5 sp, repeat from * to end of round, sl st in top of beginning ch-3 to join. [96 dcs, 12 ch-3 sps]

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.

Second Mandala

Work through Round 3 of First Mandala.

NOTE: You will join the Second Mandala to the First Mandala at two points as you come to the end of Round 4. See Construction Schematic (in Notes, above).

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 3 in ch-5 sp, ch 3, dc 4 in same ch-5 sp, [dc 4, ch 3, dc 4] in next ch-5 sp, dc 4 in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, single crochet (sc) in ch-3 sp of First Mandala, ch 1, dc 4 in same ch-5 sp, dc 4 in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp of First Mandala, ch 1, dc 4 in same ch-5 sp, *[dc 4, ch 3, dc 4] in next ch-5 sp, repeat from * to end of round, sl st in top of beginning ch-3 to join. [96 dcs, 12 ch-3 sps]

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.

Remaining Mandalas

Work through Round 3 of First Mandala.

Round 4: Work same as Round 4 for Second Mandala, except replace ch 3 with [ch 1, sc into ch-3 sp of adjoining Mandala, ch 1] at each point where you connect to an adjoining Mandala. See Construction Schematic, above.

Repeat until you have made a total of 60 connected Mandalas, arranged in 12 rows of 5 Mandalas each.

Squares

NOTE: You will work a Square to fill each gap where four Mandalas meet. Follow the written or charted instructions, below, for Square motif, and the Construction Schematic, above, for a visual of how to join the Squares.

Square Chart

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Square Written Instructions

Ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 3 into ring, ch 1, [dc 4 into ring, ch 1] 3 times, sl st in top of beginning ch-3 to join. [16 dcs, 4 ch-1 sps]

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st as join, dc in next 2 dcs, dc 2 in next dc, ch 3, [dc 2 in next dc, dc in next 2 dcs, dc 2 in next dc, ch 3] 3 times, sl st in top of beginning ch-3 to join. [24 dcs, 4 ch-3 sps]

NOTE: You will connect the corners of the Square to the 4 adjoining Mandalas while working Round 3.

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st as join, dc in next 4 dcs, dc 2 in next dc, ch 2, sc in ch-3 sp of Mandala, ch 2, [dc 2 in next dc, dc in next 4 dcs, dc 2 in next dc, ch 2, sc in ch-3 sp of next Mandala, ch 2] 3 times, sl st in top of beginning ch-3 to join. [32 dcs, 4 corner sps joined to Mandalas]

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.

Repeat until you’ve filled each gap where four Mandalas meet with a total of 44 Squares.

Half Squares

NOTE: You will work a Half Square to fill the gaps between the Manadalas along the two long edges of the wrap. The Half Squares are worked in rows. Follow the written or charted instructions, below, for Half Square motif, and the Construction Schematic, above, for a visual of how to join the Half Squares.

Half Square Chart

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Half Square Written Instructions

Ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc into ring, ch 1, dc 4 into ring, ch 1, dc 2 into ring, turn work. [8 dcs, 2 ch-1 sps]

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 2 in next dc, ch 3, dc 2 in next dc, dc in next 2 dcs, dc 2 in next dc, ch 3, dc 2 in next dc, dc in top of beginning ch-3 from previous row, turn work. [12 dcs, 2 ch-3 sps]

NOTE: You will connect the corners of the Half Square to the 2 adjoining Mandalas while working Row 3.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next dc, dc 2 in next dc, ch 2, sc in ch-3 sp of Mandala, ch 2, dc 2 in next dc, dc in next 4 dcs, dc 2 in next dc, ch 2, sc in ch-3 sp of next Mandala, ch 2, dc 2 in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in top of beginning ch-3 from previous row. [16 dcs, 2 corner sps joined to Mandalas]

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.

Repeat until you’ve filled each gap along the long edges where two Mandalas meet with a total of 22 Half Squares.

Edging

NOTE: You will work the edging along the 2 long sides of the wrap only.

Row 1: With right side facing you and beginning with a corner Mandala, join yarn in ch-3 sp two spaces before the space joined to a Half Square. Sc in this ch-3 sp, ch 8, sc in next ch-3 sp, [ch 8, sc 2 in each of next 3 dcs at ends of rows of Half Square, sc in ring at center of Half Square, sc 2 in each of next 3 dcs at ends of rows of Half Square,(ch 8, sc in next ch-3 sp of next Mandala) 2 times] 11 times.

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.

Repeat along other long edge of wrap.

Finishing

Weave in ends and gently block.

Fringe

Cut 416 strands of yarn, each 16 inches long.

Working with a bundle of 8 strands held together, fold bundle in half to form a loop, push loop through an open ch-3 sp on short edge of wrap, pass ends through the loop and pull ends to secure. Repeat along both short edges of wrap, placing fringe in each open ch-3 sp, in the ch-3 sps at the end of the long side edgings, and around the scs which join Mandalas, for a total of 26 bundles of fringe at each end of wrap.

Trim ends of fringe as desired. We lay our fringe straight and flat, then trimmed it with a straightedge ruler and rotary cutter. The longest bundles measure 6½ inches.

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